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111511 Ncte Remarks Final (Clean)

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Published by: Nat'l Center for Transgender Equality on Nov 21, 2011
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R
EMARKS OF
S
ECRETARY
S
HAUN
D
ONOVAN
 N
ATIONAL
C
ENTER
F
OR
T
RANSGENDER
E
QUALITY
 M
AYFLOWER
H
OTEL
 T
UESDAY
,
 
N
OVEMBER
15,
 
2011
Thank you, for that very moving introduction
 – 
and foryour extraordinary courage.You remind each of us here today why we are partners inthe fight for equality.Let me also thank NCTE for inviting me
 – 
and I want totake a moment to acknowledge and thank Mara.
She’s been a
great ally and effective advocate as we work together to advancerights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.And let me congratulate our honorees this evening
 – 
DonnaCartwright for her long history of advocacy for transgenderpeople and for her extraordinary leadership with Pride at Work,and my friend Brian Bond who has done so much for thecommunity, most recently at the White House Office of PublicEngagement and now at the DNC.Well, this is a special honor
 – 
to be the first ever sittingCabinet Secretary to address the National Center forTransgender Equality.
 
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And I’m p
roud to discuss the historic progress HUD hasmade in fighting for the rights of transgender people.
 A Seat at the Table
And I’m even prouder to do it on behalf of the first
Administration that has viewed the fight for equality on behalf of the transgender community not as an issue
 – 
but as a priority.In the Obama Administration, the LGBT community hashad a seat at the table since day one
 – 
not only when it comes toLGBT-related efforts like the Act Against AIDS Campaign RollOut, but also at important initiatives that impact all Americans,such as the White House Forum on Health Reform and theFiscal Responsibility Summit. In fact, I know Mara was atLaunch of the White House Council on Women and Girls lessthan two months into the Administration.You can see that commitment to inclusion and participationin the record number of LGBT appointments President Obamahas made
 – 
and that includes openly transgender appointees,some of whom are with us tonight.
 
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You can see it in the Offic
e of Personnel Management’s
announcement prohibiting discrimination on the basis of genderidentity in federal employment.You can see it in the
VA’s
directive to ensure respectfuland non-discriminatory care for transgender veterans
 – 
who, likeall of our veterans, deserve nothing but our thanks and ourcommitment to their wellbeing.
You can see it in the State Department’s efforts to
ensuregreater dignity and privacy for transgender passport applicants.And you can
clearly
see it in the Matthew Shepard andJames Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention law.
I’m proud to work for the President who signed
the firstfederal civil rights legislation that includes the words
―sexualorientation‖ and ―gender identity‖
into law.
 A Place to Call Home
 – 
HUD Accomplishments
But
I’m here this evening, because
this Administration isnot only committed to ensuring the transgender community hasa seat at the table
 – 
but also a place to call
home
.

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